Cayenne Pepper Lemonade

Cayenne Pepper Lemonade

This cayenne pepper lemonade is great for migraines and it’s delicious too! 

It’s the perfect blend of tangy, sweet and spicy.

The active ingredient in cayenne peppers, capsaicin, is believed to bring headache relief by depleting Substance P, a neurotransmitter that helps send pain signals. Although some are still skeptical, a number of studies have tested the claim, and most have found evidence to support it. One prominent study on capsaicin for pain relief was published back in 1998 in the Clinical Journal of Pain. Their review of 33 previous studies found that capsaicin worked better than a placebo for cluster headaches.

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Lemons help balance acidity and detoxify the body. Hydrating can also help reduce head pain. Cayenne is a natural blood thinner. This can reduce the intensity of the headache but consuming too much of the lemonade could have adverse effects if you’re on medications such as blood thinners. 

If you’re concerned about potential reactions, consult your doctor or pharmacist. 

Cayenne Pepper Lemonade

Ingredients 

  • 1/8 – 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper 
  • 4 ounces honey
  • 12 ounces hot water
  • 8 ounces fresh lemon juice
  • Ice cubes and lemon slices for serving

Directions

In a heatproof 1-quart pitcher, combine the honey, cayenne pepper and hot water. Start with less pepper and add more depending on your tastes. Don’t stand directly over the pitcher. The cayenne will make your eyes water. Stir until the honey is dissolved. Stir in the lemon juice. I love pulp so I don’t strain the juice but make sure you don’t miss any seeds! Let cool for at least 10 minutes or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Pour into ice-filled glasses and garnish with lemon slices. All ingredients can be adjusted to personal taste. It’s a versatile recipe. Try experimenting by adding mint or blueberries to the mix! It’s also great frozen! Chill it then blend it with some ice and enjoy. 

Cayenne also boosts metabolism! Stay sexy Spoonies! 

Professionally Perfumed

Professionally Perfumed

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When someone introduces themselves to me or hands me a business card and I enjoy the scent of their cologne or perfume, it makes them seem more polished and put together. On the other hand, if I find the smell overpowering or unpleasant, it makes the person wearing it seem sleazy. I would wear perfume, if I found one that suited me and didn’t cause headaches.

Do you feel more professional when you wear perfume?
What have you found that doesn’t cause irritation, headaches and can be tolerated all day?

It just seems so much more professional to me. You remember someone that smells good. Think I’m basing too much on scent? Well, according to Livescience.com, “Many things in the environment, including verbal and physical cues, can influence how we perceive others. New research presented by Nicole Hovis and Theresa White of Le Moyne College in Syracuse, N.Y., shows that certain smells can influence a first impression.” 

So, scents can help create a lasting impression! Does the smell of fresh linen remind you of your grandmother’s house? Does the smell of homemade chicken noodle soup take you back to childhood, when you were sick in bed? Does the smell of a carnation remind you of your first school dance? Scent is more powerful than you realize. No one wants to be exposed to a foul smell and they certainly don’t want to be the cause of it! 

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Through an experiment, “researchers at Utrecht University in the Netherlands found that it’s possible for people to smell emotions, like fear or disgust through excreted chemical signals. In turn, smelling those chemosignals provokes the same sort of emotional response: Smelling fear chemosignals provokes a facial expression indicative of fear.” You can read more about this fascinating study here. I had no idea emotion was so closely linked with smells. 

Here are a few things to consider on your search for your perfect scent: 

  • Choose a scent that compliments your natural body chemistry.
  • Consider which perfume will suite the occasion best. 
  • Choose a fragrance that will project a positive image but, in a discreet way. 
  • Overwhelmingly sweet or strong scents should always be avoided as well as those that linger after you’re gone. 
  • Less is more. Always use in moderation. 
  • Your cologne or perfume should only be perceived when someone approaches you. Detecting the scent should be a personal privilege. It should not wafting through the entire office as soon as you walk in. 
  • Scents should be used to enhance your personal presentation, not to mask. 

Finding the perfect perfume or cologne can be tricky. You can find more tips on this site. Many people with fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome also suffer from MCS. MCS, multiple chemical sensitivity, causes a negative reaction to chemicals, such as  those found in fragrances, cleaning supplies, medications and other household products. MCS can turn a pleasant stroll through the mall into a chemical danger zone. Do department stores still employ people to douse you with a variety of scented chemical concoctions as you pass by? 

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For me, so many smells trigger headaches. I don’t wear perfume but some occasions seem to call for it. I think it’s important to consider others when choosing a scent as well. After all, it’s for them. It’s going to help them remember you. You don’t want people remembering you because of the pain and nausea you caused. Subtly is key! According to this article from about.com, “not everyone with MCS is sensitive to the same things: one person may be unable to be in the room with someone smoking or wearing scented lotion, but be fine at the gas station; meanwhile, someone else can handle hygiene-product fragrances but gets sick around pesticides and cleaning products. Someone else may have problems with all of those things.” So, if you know someone with a chemical sensitivity, ask them if your cologne or perfume is bothersome. 

Well+Good has compiled a list of natural perfumes. They are made with essential oils, plant extracts and other natural fragrances. They range in price just like any perfume but these are handcrafted in small batches. If you want designer scents like, Armani and Gucci but without all the chemicals, try Nantucket Natural Oils. They specialize in 100% natural perfumes and colognes as well as beautiful hand blown glass bottles.

Stay sexy, Spoonies! 

The Power of Human Contact

The Power of Human Contact

“Gentle touch has been shown to facilitate physical and psychological functioning, particularly in terms of reducing stress, relieving pain, increasing the ability to cope, and general health ratings.” http://drbenkim.com/articles-healing-touch.html

I know you are stressed and exhausted and that often just makes the pain worse but I’m here today to stress the importance of TOUCH in your relationships. I understand that the pain and fatigue can make you want to completely cut the intimacy out of your life but as humans, we thrive on that connection. Person to person contact is mutually beneficial and has also been proven to help control anger.

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According to the University of Miami School of Medicine, the health benefits of human contact are,
Decreased Pain- Children with rheumatoid arthritis who were given massages by their parents 15 minutes /day for one month reported lower stress levels, anxiety and pain.
Enhanced Immune Function- Studies have shown an increase in cancer fighting cells in women with breast cancer and HIV patients after massage. Anxiety, stress and depression also decreased.
Happy & Strong Babies- Premature infants given more touch and attention in the NCIU gained more weight.
Quicker & Less Painful Births- Women in labor who received a backrub for 15 minutes of each hour of labor reported less pain and used less pain medication. Labor was also typically shorter.
Enhanced Alertness and Performance- People completed math problems faster and made less mistakes after having a massage.
https://www6.miami.edu/touch-research/TRI%20Press/The%20Magic%20of%20Your%20Touch.pdf

So if you think you’re in too much pain to be touched, think again. A little human contact may be exactly what you need.
I know there are days when even the lightest touch can be excruciatingly painful and send chills up your spine but you can’t isolate yourself forever. That’s not how you protect yourself.

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  • Start with a professional massage.
  • Go somewhere reputable and make sure they know how to accommodate your chronic illness and touch sensitivities.
  • Communication is key! Make sure they are aware of any apprehension or anxiety you may be feeling as well as any extra sensitive areas. If you feel comfortable ask for some tips you could give your significant other.

Remember, touch is mutually beneficial and the intimacy of a romantic massage can do wonders for your relationship. If you feel like you’ve been drifting apart, simply holding hands can make you feel closer and spark a little romance. Start slow, it can be easy to feel overstimulated at first. Essential oils and lotions can reduce friction and even pain. Again, communication is key. Instead of shutting your partner out, try to help them understand. They can’t possibly fathom the pain that some sensations cause that’s why its critical they know what to avoid and what helps ease the pain. Please be mindful of allergies and irritants when selecting oils and lotions.

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Have fun, be sexy!

Sex & Headaches

Sex & Headaches

I have been getting headaches for as long as I can remember. I battle sinus headaches, chronic headaches due to my fibromyalgia, migraines, tension headaches due to anxiety and cluster headaches. I have many triggers including, certain smells, sounds, lighting, ponytails, stress, chemicals, bending down, strenuous activity and more. There is almost no chance that I won’t have a headache but I cope with most of them quite well. I’ve adapted.
I use soft lighting to help myself relax and Himalayan salt at home to clean the air. My home is my haven. Triggers are not so easy to control outside the home, unfortunately. That’s why, I’ve always got earplugs and my prescription sunglasses on hand. I should consider them part of my Calm Kit. These days, you’ll never catch me without my little oxygen trolley. The thought of forgetting it somewhere gives me a mini anxiety attack.
Last Wednesday, I had one of the worst headaches of my life. I cried and shook uncontrollably until the pain subsided enough for me to fall asleep. I slept all day and had no problem sleeping all night. Since then, I’ve had nothing but nightmares. I don’t cope with nightmares well. They leave me exhausted, emotionally sensitive and anxious. Point being, headaches are often more than just head pain and that can be debilitating enough. Unfortunately, stress and can be affecting more aspects of you life than you realize. So, it’s time to unwind! 😉
Sometimes sex can help relieve a headache but other times it seems to make it worse. That’s why it’s important to get the romance just right. The atmosphere must be tailored to your needs if you want any chance of relief. I know there’s no getting lucky with a migraine but sex can help relieve your average headache, stress and tension.

Setting the Mood

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Bad lighting can be more than just a mood killer. It can also be a trigger for a killer migraine. Try a Himalayan salt lamp or candle holder. The dim, pink hue is perfect and the salt has been proven to help relieve head pain! Large lightly or unscented candles are great too.

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Use a sound machine instead of music. Saxophones and violins are often found in romantic music but the pitch might be a trigger. Try a soothing rain or stream setting. If you don’t have a sound machine, try the App Store! Try to minimize other noises and outside interference.

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Comfort is important. If you plan to be outdoors, have plenty of pillows and blankets. Make sure you are not facing the sun or under direct sunlight.

Freezing Water
Temperature control can be critical. If the A/C is too cold, I get a nasty headache. Not to mention, my joints start to ache and all I want to do is bury myself under the covers. I’m sure I’m not alone.

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Overpowering scents are often a trigger. Minimize the use of perfumes, scented aftershave, air fresheners and scented candles.

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If you plan on drinking alcohol, have chilled water on hand too to ensure that no one gets dehydrated.

If you have any tips, I’d love to hear them!
Have fun, be sexy!